Car Seat Taxi
Punkx · 21/11/2019 16:33
So I have a 8 month old son. I have a pushchair pram and a car seat which stays in my husbands car.
But if I need to get a taxi how do I get one? Are there any taxis that can provide a car seat and then I take my pram along too?
Hope you can help!
BertieBotts · 30/11/2019 20:06
At 8 months your son will be likely on the border between car seat group 0+ and group 1. How much does he weigh?
Usually if you want to take a taxi, you'll need to provide your own car seat. You could either take the seat out of your husband's car for the day and bring that, or buy a separate one specifically for these kinds of trips. I'd recommend the Joie Tilt, as it's inexpensive, quite lightweight and can be fitted with a seatbelt. You can also keep it rear facing for now which is safest for your son (and might be the only legal option). Once he is over 1 year and 9kg if you prefer you can turn it forward facing, but it is much safer for them to be rear facing, even until he grows out of the seat, which is possible with this seat.
You might be able to phone around taxi companies to see if any of them have a car seat you could use, but unfortunately they are often old, in poor condition, may be unsuitable for your child's age or weight, and the driver might not know how to fit it correctly and probably won't bring the instruction booklet.
This is partly why legally you can take children in taxis without a car seat - I wouldn't recommend this, because obviously taxis aren't immune from car accidents, and if you were to crash in the taxi while holding your son in your arms, he would be highly likely to be seriously injured or even killed.
It should be no problem for the taxi driver to fit the pushchair in the boot of the taxi. Obviously between being dropped off and your return journey, you'd have to keep the car seat with you.
helpfulperson · 30/11/2019 20:11
If you live somewhere with black cabs use those as you can strap in a child in a pushchair.
BertieBotts · 30/11/2019 20:28
That might be possible, but it's nowhere near as safe as using a car seat. I might do it if it was in a city where everywhere is so congested you never drive over 20mph.
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